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Spectra, the Hat

from Knancy Knitter's Patterns
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Spectra, the Hat
Spectra, the Hat Spectra, the Hat, in pink.gray
Spectra, the Hat Same hat, in blues!
Spectra, the Hat A Blue/green version
Spectra, the Hat again blue/green

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • slip stitch, yarn in front/back, switch colors by 'crossing yarns
  • Knit and purl
  • cast on and cast off
  • short rows
  • wrap and turn, (explained)

Pattern Description:

Faster to knit than the Spectra scarf, good looking, warm and fun to wear, this hat can be worn with or without Mr. Stephen Wests Spectra scarf. I loved watching it take shape under my fingers.

I have recently, it seems, an affinity for turning any and every yarn that I touch, into a hat . . . so thinking I was due for a change from my hat phase, I purchased the well received Spectra scarf pattern by Mr. West.

I found some lovely, fine, sock weight yarns at Knit-a-Bit in Westfield, NJ and began to work on that previously mentioned pretty scarf.

I was in love with the framed panels and changes in the yarn's color, I was looking forward to seeing the scarf take shape. I excitedly cast on as directed and was off and running. (OK, so only another knitter could understand this excitement.)

Then, after two repeats of the pattern, I just had to rip it out and restart, I just had to turn the patten into a hat. (frog, frog, rip it, ribbit . . .) A hat was just pleading to be made from that yarn, the framed colors would be just perfect. So it was that I began work on this, Spectra, the Hat. My hat phase, it seemed, was not yet over. The rest as they say, is history, and that history provides you with this interesting and lovely flat-knitted hat pattern.


~7 stitches per inch in stockinette with #3 US size needles
~one skein of the mini mochi yarn makes about two hats with a good bit left over.
~on the Vail yarn there are more than two hat's worth there. So far I have worked up three, Spectra, the Hat, hats! And there's still a another hat or two's worth of yarn left.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Adult size hat.

Suggested yarn:

000 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

vail, baby alpaca ( need ~ 100 yd)


mini mouchi / merino blend (need ~25 yd)